Professor Alfaro has been the Warren Alpert Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School since 1999. She is also a Faculty Research Associate in the NBER International Finance and Macroeconomics Program and the International Trade and Investment Program. She served as Minister of National Planning and Economic Policy in Costa Rica from 2010–2012. She is co-editor of the Journal of International Economics and the World Bank Research Observer. Professor Alfaro is the author of multiple articles published in leading academic journals such as the American Economic Review, Review of Economic Studies, and Journal of Political Economy, among others. Most of her research is related to the field of international economics, in particular international capital flows, foreign direct investment, sovereign debt, trade, and emerging markets. She is a member of the Latin-American Financial Regulatory Committee (CLAAF) and the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS) policy committee, inter alia. She earned her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), a B.A. in Economics with Honors from the Universidad de Costa Rica, and a 'Licenciatura' from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, where she graduated with the highest honors.



In 2022, the WELAC team conducted a comprehensive survey across 10 Latin American countries, targeting universities and research centers. It seeks to foster discussions on gender representation within the field and contribute essential data for the development of effective policies. ACCESS THE REPORT HERE

We are excited to announce that Economía LACEA Journal will now be published by LSE Press in the Open Access format. Submit your papers here.

LACEA is now accepting proposals for hosting its annual meetings for the next two years. The LACEA Annual Meeting takes place over 3 days, usually in early November. Candidates interested in hosting one of the next LACEA conferences are kindly asked to submit a proposal to The Executive Committee will carefully review each proposal. Please consult the summary information on the conferences provided here before preparing your submission, and do not hesitate to contact us at if you need any additional information.

LACEA Statement

The undersigned members of the Executive Committee of the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association (LACEA) hereby express their great dismay over the recent set of actions led by Conacyt and the Mexican Government against CIDE (Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas). We also condemn the broader attacks on and suppression of the freedom of academics nationwide in Mexico. 

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